Posted: February 9, 2015
Irish artist Hozier performed his breakout hit “Take Me to Church” at last night’s Grammy Awards, dazzling the Staples Center audience with his glittery Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone guitar.
Hozier had another ace up his sleeve with the amazing Annie Lennox joining him for a magical cover of “I Put a Spell On You.”
Watch the performance below.
Posted: February 9, 2015
AC/DC were without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young due to health issues, but his nephew Stevie Young paid homage to his uncle by playing a replica of Malcom’s favorite Gretsch guitar. Chris Slade also took over drum duties in place of original drummer Phil Rudd, marking the first time Slade has played with the band since 1994.
The performance moved the Staples Center crowd to its feet, and you can watch it below.
Posted: February 6, 2015
While in Los Angeles for the upcoming Grammy Awards Show, Kentucky rock band Cage the Elephant stopped by the set of Conan to play the track “Cigarette Daydreams.”
The single comes off latest album Melophobia, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.
To round out the song’s dreamy sound, bassist Daniel Tichenor pulled out his brand-new Gretsch White Falcon bass during the appearance, and you can watch it below.
Posted: February 2, 2015
After scoring their third No. 1 album with American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy spent some time giving back to some special fans on Friday, headlining the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops.
On a stage inside a hangar with a giant American flag draped across the back wall, Fall Out Boy kicked things off with a fan favorite in “Thnks fr th Mmrs (Thanks for the Memories)” from 2007’s Infinity on High, followed by the newly released dance cut “Uma Thurman” and the fist-pumping “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up).”
Hosted by Nick Lachey at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., the televised concert also included a quick opening set by Charli XCX, and appearances by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX, and American Idol winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks.
Of course, no Super Bowl event would be complete without a few NFL stars, which came in the way of Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.
To bring the special concert to an end, Fall Out Boy closed with anthemic hit “Centuries,” which has quickly become a staple at sports venues. It certainly resonated with the Luke Air Force Base audience as well, as the sacrifices these men and women make to serve their country will be remembered in history.
Watch “Centuries” below.
Posted: January 27, 2015
Los Angeles-based alt-country band the Far West recently met up with the people behind Jam in the Van in Torrance, Calif., and performed a quick set inside the vehicle’s intimate confines.
The quintet managed to get their guitars, a drum kit and keyboard inside the van to record a few tracks off 2014′s Any Day Now.
The gritty, twangy “Hudson Valley,” “The Bright Side” and “On the Road” offer a good example of the Far West’s Americana sound, with hints of Waylon Jennings and Wilco threaded throughout.
Watch all three clips below.
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